Bret Boone’s Minnesota debut didn’t go nearly as well as he might have hoped.
He’ll look to give the Twins a boost as they resume a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels at the Metrodome.
Boone was acquired from Seattle on Monday, eight days after the Mariners designated him for assignment. The veteran second baseman, a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, hit just .231 with seven homers and 34 RBIs in 74 games for Seattle.
“It hasn’t been a physical thing. It’s been a mechanical thing,” Boone said of his struggles. “You have to keep working until you get it and, ‘Bam, there it is.”’
Boone batted third in his Minnesota debut Thursday, but went 0-for-4 in the Twins’ 3-2 loss. Minnesota, which leads the AL wild card race, has lost five of seven and is 10 games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
“I got some pitches to hit,” Boone said. “It just wasn’t quite there.”
Boone said before the game that he’s pleased to be playing for a contender.
“The last year-and-a-half’s been really tough,” he said. “I’ve been at the top, at the pinnacle, as far as personal years and team years, winning all those games, and it’s about as good as you can get. But I’ve also been on teams, like last year when we lost 99 games. One thing I’ve learned from playing is it’s a very humbling sport. You’ve got to keep working and keep pushing, because things aren’t always going to be easy. Losing’s no fun.”
Steve Finley, activated from the disabled list before Friday’s game, had two hits and an RBI for the Angels. Los Angeles, which leads the AL West, was swept in four games by the Mariners heading into the All-Star break.
The 40-year-old Finley, in his first season with the Angels, missed 18 games with a strained right shoulder in his first stint on the DL since 1997. He batted just .225 with eight homers and 39 RBIs during the first half.